The head of the TLC is stepping down – What are your thoughts?
March 2019 will see the end of Meera Joshi’s reign as the CEO of the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission. This news was announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and reported in the business press.
Joshi’s term as the head of the city’s licensing body for taxis and private hire vehicles was notable for several key issues: She disagreed with the state’s passage of a congestion surcharge for taxis and for-hire vehicles in Manhattan, she spearheaded the introduction and enforcement of a minimum wage for NYC app-based drivers and she’s made significant efforts to stabilize the yellow-cab industry as it grapples with the large-scale effects of new technology on a traditional business model.
Her departure from the leader’s position was met with ‘concern’ by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, an advocacy group for taxis. Their executive director, Bhairavi Desai, worried that Joshi’s step down would leave much unfinished business. He said, “The crisis for New York City drivers is far from over and the TLC’s work to fix it is just beginning.”
Other voices gave praise for Joshi’s work, with the Mayor’s saying that, “Meera has brought about equally unprecedented and vital change that will serve as a model for cities throughout the nation and the world.” Manhattan Borough president Gale Brewer added, that in her opinion, “there’s never been a better commissioner at the TLC or elsewhere.”
With no candidate to replace Joshi waiting in the wings, (City Hall only promised a decision on the vacancy “in the coming months”), her unexpected departure appears to leave a sudden void.